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  • Item #: 003546
    ISBN: 9780980170801
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Everyone in your family will be able to benefit from these drawing lessons which approach the skill of drawing in bite-size, incremental steps. The CD-ROM contains 30 lessons, each resulting in the same basic project, but with slightly different directions for students in grades in the grammar stage (grades 1-4), the logic stage (grades 5-8), and the rhetoric stage (grades 9-12). In the grammar stage, the author expects that students will learn basic color theory, basic shapes and lines, basic shading and shadowing techniques, and the ability to imitate styles of classic artists. Objectives for the logic stage are similar as for the grammar stage, but with the expectation that the older student will develop more sophisticated skills and understanding in color theory, shading and shadowing. By the rhetoric stage, students should be learning composition, advanced color theory, advanced shading and shadowing techniques as well as developing their own individual style in their art. Although the lessons can be used for class, co-op, or home use, no artistic experience on the teachers part is required. The author suggests that as the teacher, you will probably want to do the lesson yourself before class, and perhaps do it along with them during class. The lessons are designed to take about an hour to complete, and the author suggests a pace of one lesson per week. Lessons begin with drawing basic shapes and progress to include contour drawings; shading and shadowing; creating highlights; the color wheel; using monochromatic, complementary, and analogous colors in a drawing; shading with color, perspective, drawing in different styles, drawing portraits, creating a pleasing composition and more.

    The lessons are very easy to use. They are accessible from the lessons tab at the top of the main screen, or you can jump into Lesson 1 after reading the basic information about the program. Each lesson consists of a teaching portion and a printable student handout for each. The lessons progress down the screen and include an objective for the lesson, the materials needed, and step-by-step instruction through the lesson. Each step is accompanied by an example of what the drawing should approximately resemble at that point, although depending on the skill level of the student, this will vary. The student handouts are typically a visual reference for the student for each lesson. Because the lessons are displayed on a computer, it would be hard for all students to see the subject they are drawing at the same time. Most of the student handouts will need to be printed in color, so you will probably need to have a color printer available to you. As far as supplies go, you will need to gather a few, but they are relatively inexpensive. Each student will need a set of 24 oil pastels, a set of 24 colored pencils, compressed charcoal, willow charcoal, a charcoal pencil, a white drawing pastel, a kneaded eraser, a blending stump, low-tack masking tape, tinted charcoal paper (9 x 12), white drawing paper (9 x 12), newsprint paper (9 x 12), and colored construction paper (9 x 12).

    All in all, its a great basic course that you can use with all of your children at the same time, without the older ones getting bored or the younger ones being frustrated. Everyone can take learn or refine their own skill while working through the lessons. Because the models are usually photos included in the lesson material, the students could apply the same techniques to photos of their own selection to expand the lessons or practice further. I think that the CD-ROM format is an interesting choice, but I can see how it is a practical way for everyone to be able to see the lesson without sharing a book, and the student handouts can all be printed which avoids the issue of having student packets or even having to reproduce pages for each student. A lot of concepts are covered here, taught mostly from example and the students drawing experience. Because the lessons are so straightforward and foundational, I could see a definite advantage in revisiting at least some of them each year, as students grow older and more skillful. The folks at Practical Homeschooling are fans too - The Phonics of Drawing received the first-place award in their Interactive Learning Awards for art. System requirements (PC only) are: Windows 98 or higher, CD-ROM drive. Jess

  • Item #: 039553
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    Practicing phonics just got a whole lot more fun! Picture an entire box full of onset and rime puzzle pieces, just waiting for word construction by phonetic construct. 220 letter puzzle pieces to be exact, consisting of word family pieces (-ead, -ee, -ub, -out, -ice, -at; 90 in all), consonant blends (bl-, fr-, kn-, str-; 2 each of 30), initial consonants (b, c..z; 3 each of 20), and consonant digraphs (2 each of ch-, wh-, sh-, th-, and ph-). Pieces are cut so that all beginnings and endings are interchangeable, but stay put when attached. Pieces are color-coded for easy segregation. The included Resource Guide has a word family reference list, directions, teaching suggestions, and five game and activity ideas. Many more await your invention (Random matching is always funjust reaching into the box and pulling out four chunks produced the words gruff prone. Is that what an unhappy person is?). I also like that the chunks are shown printed on dotted middle-line ruling, allowing you to use for handwriting practice of the words. Just set atop some ruled practice paper for copying. Pieces are made from heavy cardboard (thicker than standard puzzle pieces) and have a glossy finish. I thought it would be cool if you could use the non-printed side to construct your own onsets and rimes to add on to the set. Guess what? My Expo marker erased without a trace! So, you can use dry erase marker for one-time use of the blank sides, or use a permanent marker if you want to keep your additions. That makes this set even more versatile. You could even draw dry- erase shapes or letters across the backs of intended matches to make them self-checking.

  • Item #: 053851
    ISBN: 9781587926495
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.50

    Have a howling good time playing this card game! Simple directions make this game easy for young kids to play as they learn phonics. Green cards have what appears to be the front half of a happy dachshund while blue cards have the tail end. There are 2 card piles (100 cards total): heads have word beginning sounds and tails have word ending sounds. Each player draws 3 tail cards and lay them face up in front of them. Take turns drawing a head card. Try to make a word with one of your 3 tail cards. If you can, keep the pair for scoring and draw a new tail card. If you like this game, try Word Monkey for spelling fun. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 042248
    Retail: $13.00
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    Each player is dealt 7 cards (which each contain a colored word); the remaining cards comprise the draw pile. The first card from the draw pile is flipped over. Then players take cards playing cards on the discard pile that match either in color or long vowel sounds (you could play believe on meet). The first player to run out of cards wins. Great for practicing and recognizing long vowel sounds and the letter patterns that go with them.
  • Item #: 042252
    Retail: $13.00
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    Each card contains a colored word. The deck is divided into two piles, and the top card of each pile is flipped over into the middle. The remaining two piles are the draw piles for the players, who each start with three cards in their hands. Then in a frenzy, they try to get rid of all the cards in their hands by matching word colors or number of syllables, continually refreshing their hands to the 3-card max until all of their cards are played. First player to run out of cards, wins!
  • Item #: 053289
    ISBN: 9780738213972
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    Many parents are nervous about teaching their kids to read. This activity-based book for parents makes the job a little easier. Appropriate for babies through seven-year-olds, this book teaches the five phases of literacy development and how to introduce the right activities at the right time to activate and accelerate your childs learning. (You learn about parts of the brain, too.) What takes this book beyond common sense is the information about what keys connect newly-learned to already-learned information. The timing and sequencing of activities are connected to your recognition of the five phases. The book includes handwriting activities which are connected to literacy training. Checklists help you keep track of your progress in drawing/writing and sounds/spelling at each phase. There is also a place in the back to note your childs milestones in a more sentimental way. For a book that sounds quite clinical, there are a lot of warm and fuzzy moments to share with your children using this book to guide you. This book encourages reading together, drawing, and having conversations with your children along the way. 222 pgs, pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 046933
    Retail: $14.50
    Rainbow Price: $11.60

    The latest in the Sequence line, this one is specially designed to help young players learn and practice their letters. Players receive chips and draw letter cards at the beginning of the game. The cards feature an uppercase letter in the center, the lowercase version letter in the upper left-hand corner, and a colored square in the upper right-hand corner. Like other Sequence games, players use their cards to match spaces on the board and strategically place their chips on the board to get five in a row. The challenge here is matching a letter card to one of the 48 illustrated squares on the board. The colored squares next to the illustrations will help narrow down matches, but players will still have several possibilities to choose from! - Jess

  • Item #: 015284
    ISBN: 9781882514700
    Retail: $49.95
    Rainbow Price: $37.50
    The synthesis of years of planning, teaching, writing, and testing, this Guide to Teach Your Child to Read is truly inspirational! It incorporates so many great ideas and methods in an unforced, natural manner that it had to be written by a homeschooling mom! Valerie Bendt, author and homeschooling mother of six, has provided yet another wonderful tool to help us teach efficiently, effectively and personally! The course consists of 108 lessons which the author recommends using at the rate of 3 lessons per week with review and reinforcement of skills in between. Employing an approach similar to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, this low-stress (for teacher and student), gentle format allows you to sit alongside your child and enjoy a one-on-one adventure in learning to read. While Valerie has borrowed some great ideas from methods employed in that volume, her offering is distinctively different, too - both in format and, more notably, implementation. While both volumes are constructed as beginning reading programs (not intended as totally comprehensive phonics instruction), the instruction in Reading Made Easy goes far beyond teaching phonics rules to become a more fluid and total age- and skill-appropriate language arts presentation for the beginning reader. Valeries program also puts much more emphasis on the value and enjoyment of reading and on instilling a love of the written word in your child than any other phonics/reading program Ive seen. She incorporates multi-sensory learning that will appeal to children of all learning modalities, using both kinesthetic manipulation (via cards and drawings) and auditory exercises. Whether instinctively or deliberately, she has created an almost ideal reading program to incorporate many of the multiple-intelligences as well! But, enough with the praise! On to the nuts and bolts of the program! Like Teach Your Child..., the lessons are meant to be taught side-by-side, preferably close enough to snuggle. Scripted lessons generally begin with skill review and practice, then progress to introduction of new phonetic constructs (and/or sight words) and end with reading practice. A special system of marking is used to enable the beginning reader to quickly master new and unfamiliar rules. Stories are all captivating, entertaining, and illustrated with a simple black-and-white illustration. Reading comprehension is incorporated in the reading exercises even at the earliest levels. Both volumes will have your child reading simple chapter books by the end of instruction. This is where the similarities end. Now for the differences in both format and content. While Teach Your Child... uses larger type face in the beginning, progressing to a smaller (but still bolder) typeface at books end, Valerie employs a consistent point size throughout. The type size is roughly the same as the ending type in Teach Your Child.... This will be better with older beginning readers, but may deter the very young reader. However, the marking system used in Reading Made Easy is less distracting. Teach Your Child... uses overlines to indicate long vowels and makes silent letters smaller (in comparison). Consonant digraphs are shown by actually joining the letters. When you put this all together it looks a little - well, funny. The reader is weaned from these special markings by the end of the volume, however, and typeset becomes consistent. Valerie uses more evenly-sized lettering throughout, graying short vowels, bolding long ones, and ghosting silent letters (forming them with dots instead of solid lines). Blends and digraphs are circled, a visual cue that they work as a phonetic unit. This system of marking is employed throughout the program in reading sections. Some weaning is done in copywork and sentence work, however. As a whole, the text has a less cluttered appearance than Teach Your Child. I appreciate Valeries scripted text being in a different font rather than in the red ink found in the latter. Missing also are the arrows beneath every practice letter, word, and sentence. If your child has an extremely difficult time with left-to-right tracking, you might appreciate the arrows; if not, it just adds extra busy-ness to the page. I do miss the stand-out bolding found in Teach Your Child. Some children may find it easier to ignore the rest of the writing on the pages if their part really stands out. If you plan on using Italic Handwriting, Valeries use of LucidaSansSchool font (used in Portland States Italic Handwriting program) will appeal. If you plan on using a pre-cursive (or modern manuscript) program, ditto. Reading Made Easy also uses a written a while Teach Your Child uses a typeset a". Reading Made Easy covers a little more phonics ground than Teach Your Child and includes a list of phonetic constructs at the end of the book for concepts not covered in the body of the book. The biggest differences in the two programs, though, is in their implementation. Lessons in Reading Made Easy are far more spontaneous and offer more variety in format. Impromptu games and activities are sprinkled liberally throughout, giving the program a more playful nature. Parents construct Sight Word Worms and a Sight Word Bingo game to help children add critical sight words to their reading repertoire. The incorporation of these in stories then results in more natural, interesting reading selections. Children are encouraged to flex their artistic wings by duplicating simple illustrations and writing is incorporated as they first write sentences, then stories to accompany them. Index cards are used extensively (buy lots of them!) for preparing aids to learn word and sentence construction. Many lessons include putting words from a simple sentence on cards (one word per card and usually marked using Valeries notations), mixing, then having your child reconstruct the sentence. This kinesthetic activity helps children understand capitalization, ending punctuation, and sentence construction from early on. While all lessons include a short reading selection to reinforce your instruction, the final lessons in Reading Made Easy contain a real chapter book. In each of twelve lessons, you read a chapter of the story after which your child reads a simpler (but not too watered-down) adaptation written at his level of reading ability. Copywork is also included in most lessons (in the tradition of Ruth Beechick), but the author suggests omitting it if your childs fine motor skills are not ready for additional writing. One final feature that every mom will appreciate is ending each lesson with read-aloud time from a book of your choice (Valerie has thoughtfully included a list of recommended picture and chapter books in the ending section of the book). We all know that reading to our children regularly increases both reading aptitude and appreciation. This inclusion assures that we will make the time for it and provides our children with a fitting reward for completing each lesson. Reading Made Easy is now available in paperback format or on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains .pdf files of all pages and a 55-minute audio workshop entitled Teaching Your Child to Read."
  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
    Retail: $36.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    Indeed a sound approach to reading, this program is a solid, phonetically comprehensive program with reinforcing reading text incorporated directly in the book. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between Alphaphonics and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but with improved teacher instruction, lesson implementation, and textual presentation. As in those popular programs, your child will begin reading as soon as the first letter sounds are taught. And, in a mere 90 byte-sized lessons, your child will be reading at a beginning 3rd grade reading level. This program is also recommended for both remedial and ELL students. In fact, the school version of this program it is currently being used in more than 20 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

    Prior to beginning the lessons in this book, your child should have letter name and recognition skills and some phonemic awareness (the author provides background and methods for teaching these, or use another product that teaches these skills; see our Early Childhood section). You will want to read all of the preliminary teacher pages before actually starting lessons; otherwise you will miss out on helpful background information and other resources provided for you. While instruction in each lesson is devoted to reading, the author presents a great spelling methodology, complete with word lists, to integrate with lessons along with (brief) guidelines for incorporating handwriting, vocabulary, and creative writing into the program. Also in the intro section are specific instructions for teaching letter sounds, blending, playing Scramble Spell, and other implementation directions which would be redundant to include in each lesson. You should also teach the first four letter sounds introduced (a, t, s, c) BEFORE lesson 1-1, using the approach outlined in the teacher section. Here, the author strongly recommends using a set of flashcards WITHOUT pictures on them (such as the Alphabet Basics cards weve included below).

    The program teaches roughly 80 common sound/spelling patterns, based on the Orton-Gillingham phonograms as well as nearly all of the 100 most common sight words. I appreciate the authors sentiment below her Sequence of Skills table as she says, Words from the list of 100 most common sight words that are not listed here are words that are decodable, as this echoes one of my pet peeves. Too many programs introduce phonetically decodable words as sight words. Other features that captivate my heart for phonetic instruction are: integrated review of previously-learned sounds in each lesson; large, readable font with initial extra spacing between words and letters; immediate phonetic skill reinforcement in reading selections; word play incorporated into spelling lessons; longer introduction of each short vowel sound to prevent confusion; emphasis on blending from the beginning; and helpful review of phonograms by phoneme (yes!) in the latter lessons.

    Prior to the first lesson, a How to Teach Sound Bytes Lessons section concisely recaps directions in the teacher section of the book. Most lessons follow a similar format. Previously introduced sounds are reviewed, 1-2 new sounds are introduced, sight words (if any) are presented, new sounds are practiced in words, then sentences, and a story using only old and newly learned sounds and sight words is read. Lessons should take from 15-30 minutes per day. Lessons are generally grouped into units of 5 (lesson 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5), though there is no apparent reason for the grouping (maybe to accommodate a 5-day school week?). Units are also divided into chapters. Chapter One (38 lessons) teaches letter sounds and CVC words, ending with an impressively-long reading selection. Chapter Two (10 lessons) focuses on long vowel, silent-e constructions. Chapter Three (25 lessons) covers more advanced phonemes like r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, silent letters, and multi-syllabic words. Chapter Four (17 lessons) is Challenge. Here is the synthesis of phonograms by sound as well as some final review and a list of additional sound patterns not included in the lessons. Font size and spacing between letters and words on the student pages tapers as the student progresses but, even at the end, is not too small or tight for an early reader. Line drawings scattered throughout the volume are sparse, attractive and non-distracting.

    The author suggests that your child practice handwriting the capital letters when learning letter NAMES and practice handwriting lower-case letters when learning the letter SOUNDS in this program. This can be done informally with a ruled white board (or paper) and marker or by using a beginning handwriting book (see descriptions and graphics on our website).

    I would strongly suggest incorporating the authors Scramble Spell game (word lists included) into most lessons rather than a standard spelling program, especially for beginning readers. This provides additional reinforcement for newly-learned sounds and adds a kinesthetic element to the lessons. By making additional words from an initial base word you explore onsets and rimes, word building, and practice encoding without all of the writing and rewriting that might turn your fun learning session into work. A set of paper letter cards is provided in the book, but you may want to use a ready-made set of letter tiles or manipulatives for this (some suggestions below). If you want your child to have more practice actually writing words, follow her advice for incorporating creative writing into the program. Even the youngest students will enjoy making their own books that align with their budding language skills.

    The author suggests following up her program by having your child read books from a carefully sequenced list included at the end of the book. She thoughtfully provides lexile scores, implementation instructions, and further resources for locating other appropriate reading materials.

  • Item #: 025207
    ISBN: 9781616017828
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.75
    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Arrival at school brings many new experiences, perhaps most importantly, the experience of learning to read. The activities in this book are designed to strengthen your childs phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Children need to have a strong understanding of spoken language before they can understand written language. Phonemic awareness focuses on the sounds used to form spoken words; phonics instruction associates sounds to written symbols (i.e., the alphabet). Together, they help children develop word-recognition skills, namely the ability to sound out unknown words. Mastering sound-symbol relationships gives beginning readers the confi dence and ability to decode new words. To become skilled readers, children must internalize these sound-symbol relationships in order to read words without having to sound them out letter by letter or part by part. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Individual letter sounds Rhyming Beginning and ending sounds Word families Short vowels Spelling Long vowels Academic vocabulary Blends HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING Read the directions with your child. Complete activities together. If something is too challenging, calmly put it aside and revisit it at another time. Draw your childs attention to the sounds of his or her language with silly songs and nursery rhymes. Read and reread stories together. Have your child listen to and chant along with audio versions of stories.
  • Item #: 047613
    Retail: $42.95
    Rainbow Price: $37.95

    A surprise from a publisher known for its Latin programs! First Start Reading from Memoria Press is deceptively simple with an emphasis on vowel-consonant/word-families phonics and a serious focus on correct pencil grip and letter formation. Yes, in a day and age when penmanship is often ignored, theyve chosen to make it a central part of their approach to reading. And, I have to confess it makes sense. After all, it serves as a kinesthetic reinforcement activity.

    First Start Reading is a traditional and uncomplicated approach to phonics. After starting with ear training, vowel-consonant blending with unvoiced (m, n, s, r, f, t) consonants is first. Teach one sound for each phonogram at a time. Practice the new phonogram and its sound in a word family list with extensive practice in CVC words. Practice reading words and sentences as early as possible and reinforce learning with manuscript printing and that strong emphasis on correct pencil grip and letter formation. Include a small number of sight words. Throw in a couple of clever tricks for dealing with b-d confusion and youre done! Once mastered, these skills should take the student competently into a first grade reading level.

    The entire program consists of four Student Worktexts (A-D) and two Teacher Guides, sold as a set. The worktexts are about half letter presentation, blending, and reading practice and half writing practice space on facing pages. Black and white line art drawings that can be colored keep the look clean. Letter formation clues include directional arrows on sample letters and starting point dots. The four Student Worktexts are from 70 to 108 pages. The Teacher Guide for A-C starts with an introduction that covers all the basics syllabi for the Worktexts, the phonics approach, getting started, phonics recitation (an important element of the program), and pencil grip instruction. The rest of the book except for a few reproducible visuals in the appendix are wrap-around lesson plans. The lesson plans include general information for the teacher as well as scripted instructions for the student. There is a separate Teacher Guide for Book D. As mentioned, half of every lesson is writing instruction, which serves as phonics reinforcement.

    We expect easy-to-use from Memoria Press and were not disappointed here. Theres an amazing amount of quality phonics/reading instruction in a very reasonably priced package. You might be wondering what to do after this course. Perhaps Memoria will publish a sequel but until then they recommend Primary Phonics as a follow-up. First Start Reading is obviously designed as a lead-in to another new program from Memoria: StoryTime Treasures. Check our reading section for more information. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683093
    Retail: $98.00
    Rainbow Price: $72.95
    "Its just common sense!" Actually, its the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality childrens literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected childrens favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechicks principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teachers manual is a homeschoolers dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your childs readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isnt exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the childs progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a weeks worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the weeks lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, youll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teachers Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known childrens literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 023561
    ISBN: 9781883002701
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    Carol Barnier, mother of an ADHD child, has written this book for parents of highly distractible, fidgety, and ADHD children to provide them with real methods they can use for effective teaching. In her words, she is writing this book because while she found gobs ...of information about how to recognize ADHD children, manage them, medicate them, discipline them, and accept them, no one told her how to teach math tomorrow. So she set about finding successful ways to teach distractible children and has compiled her ideas into this book so other parents can work past the frustration and find methods that work. She begins by exploring the different characteristics of distractible children, and then begins to suggest ideas to implement. One way to keep them listening is to give them something to do with their hands. This doesnt mean theyre not listening, they just simply have to be doing something. She suggests having them play with silly putty, work with Legos, draw a picture, or walk around in circles. You can also play games that incorporate their need to move, such as educational versions of Mother-May-I?, Hop-On-It, or Toss-It. To play Toss-It, you decide what you want to learn (the alphabet, books of the Bible, skip counting, etc). This sounded like a good idea to me for any child, so I tried it out with Janine (then 8, and with some memorization difficulties) and decided to try and teach her the books of the Bible. Within two days (and only 2 rounds of Toss-It) we both knew the first seventeen books, and she began asking me whenever I saw her if we had time to play again and learn some more. The following chapters provide ideas and instructions for a variety of manipulatives and games for teaching phonics, math, writing and history. Other advice for outings and car trips and further discussions about finding the gifts in your child are included in the last chapters. Two appendices contain reproducible resources for games to use in school and an additional resource list. A helpful guide for anyone looking for fresh ideas. - Melissa

  • Item #: 025317
    ISBN: 9781616017866
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Sight words are those words that readers should instantly recognize. They are among a group of high frequency words that compose 75% of the words that children encounter in text and use in their own writing on a daily basis. Many of these sight words do not follow standard phonics rules or spelling patterns, which makes them difficult for early readers to recognize and sound out. The word searches in this book will provide your child with repeated exposure to grade-level-appropriate sight words and vocabulary. Research shows that repetition is essential for the brain to learn and recall information. Automatic recognition of these words helps develop reading fluency and build a strong foundation in reading comprehension, an important skill for academic success. In addition, solving word search puzzles provides fun spelling practice. Upon your childs completion of each activity, use the provided incentive chart and stickers to track progress and celebrate your childs success. Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, stickers for acknowledging achievements, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids! These right-sized (7 x 9) skill practice workbooks are perfect for use at school, or as entertaining activities on the go. Tuck them into a backpack, purse, or travel bag. Great for school breaks, vacations, and year-long practice. SKILLS Sight word recognition and identification Synonyms and antonyms Letter/sound knowledge Vocabulary development HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT LEARNING Have your child read the sight words aloud to you before beginning each page. Draw attention to sight words when reading books with your child. Provide your child with a sight words list to refer to when writing. Use crayons to copy each word in different colors. Support your child in using the following strategies to complete the word searches: Use a finger or the eraser end of a pencil to guide the search for words. Scan back and forth along each row (or up and down each column) to look for the first letter in each word. Cross off the words in the Word Box as they are found.
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